Got the taste for something Spanish? Welcome to Valladolid, a modern city in the heart of Spain where you can enjoy a wonderful journey through history, a nice glass of wine Ribera del Duero, or learn the Spanish language in the place where Cervantes wrote The Quixote!
With more than 350,000 inhabitants, Valladolid is the administrative capital of Castilla y León, the largest region in Europe. The history of the city is really remarkable: the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, married in Valladolid in 1469 and established it as the capital of the Kingdom of Castile and later of the united Spain. Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid in 1506, while authors such as Francisco de Quevedo, José Zorrilla or Miguel de Cervantes lived and worked in the city. The city was briefly the capital of Spain under Phillip III between 1601 and 1606, before returning indefinitely to Madrid.
Visit the historic sites and buildings such as Plaza Mayor, which was the first regular main square in Spain. Campo Grande, one of the few remaining romantic parks in Spain or The Church of San Pablo, with a superb late gothic facade. Do not miss the Colegio de San Gregorio with a magnificent collection of sculptures, the most important in Spain.
Other amazing places are the church of La Antigua whith its Romanesque tower, the Palace of Santa Cruz, the first building of the Renaissance in Spain, the impressive unfinished Cathedral, or the Church of San Benito, one of the oldest churches in the city.
The most important time of the year in Valladolid is Easter to enjoy its Holy Week, with processions that are considered an exquisite, rich display of Castilian religious sculpture. In May, the city is filled with actors, comedians…as well as spectators enjoying the shows during The International Festival of Drama and Street Performances. In September you can join the festivities of the city and at the end of October, the main attraction is for lovers of the Seventh Art with the International Film Week (SEMINCI).
And to top your visit, taste our wonderful world-wide known wines and tapas! You’ll want to come back!
This article was in partnership with Valladolid